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Roundup and Beyond: Evaluating the Risks of Common Landscaping Herbicides 

Many people have heard about the Roundup lawsuits. They have read articles explaining the roundup risks and how people exposed to Roundup have developed cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, other landscaping herbicides could pose risks and harm the environment. Let’s venture beyond Roundup and discuss the potential harm caused by landscaping herbicides from the perspective of a Bayer-Monsanto litigation attorney.

What Are Herbicides?

Herbicides are chemicals used in landscaping to control the growth of undesirable vegetation. They are also used in row-crop farming to reduce weeds and other vegetation to maximize crop growth. In addition to Roundup, other popular herbicides include Kleen-up, Bronco, Weedoff, Gilfonox, and Rodeo.

Negative Impacts of Herbicides on the Environment

Herbicides can cause plant injury, including injuries to non-target plants. Contaminated compost, mulch, and manure are generally the most common causes of herbicide injury in vegetable gardens. Off-label applications of herbicides can result in injury or mortality of tree and/or shrub species.

Drift occurs when airborne spray particles move to nearby areas, affecting other plants far away from the initial application. Drift can occur when the herbicides are used under windy conditions.

Another impact herbicides have on the environment is runoff. The chemicals run off the land into streams, rivers, and other waterways. The chemicals can kill plant life necessary to sustain the ecosystem. It can also kill or harm fish and other animals living in the ecosystem.

Risks of Being Exposed to Common Landscaping Herbicides 

It has been well-documented that exposure to Roundup could cause health problems. Round-up risks include developing cancer. For example, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health released the results of new research showing children exposed to glyphosate, the most widely used weed killer, can lead to metabolic disorders and liver inflammation in early adulthood. That could lead to diabetes, liver cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

However, the herbicide risks for other products are often overlooked or ignored. The weed killers can be tracked into homes, increasing exposure to people and pets. Some associated effects from glyphosate and other herbicides like malathion, parathion, and dimethoate include:

  • Decrease in insulin secretion
  • Genotoxic effects
  • Disruption of normal cellular metabolism of fats, carbs, and proteins
  • Problems with the endocrine and nervous systems
  • Rashes and allergic reactions
  • Headaches
  • Breathing difficulty 
  • Low blood pressure
  • Kidney failure
  • Coma
  • Weakness 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Slow heart rate
  • Developmental disorders
  • Cell death and damage
  • Parkinsonism

The type of chemical, the level of exposure, and other factors impact the types of adverse side effects and health conditions that could be caused by herbicide exposure. 

Legal Action Can Protect People Negatively Impacted by Roundup and Other Dangerous Herbicides

Lawsuits allege the manufacturers failed to adequately warn of Roundup and herbicide risks and engaged in other wrongdoing. Therefore, people have suffered severe physical harm and injury. They have developed an array of medical conditions, including having an increased risk of cancer.

Roundup lawsuits seek to hold these companies responsible for their negligence and wrongdoing. Injured victims and their families seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages. 

If you believe your exposure to Roundup is the cause of your cancer or other medical condition, call our Roundup lawsuit attorneys for a free consultation. We continue to file lawsuits to hold these companies liable for the damages their products caused. Let us help you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Reach out to our office for help.